A few days ago I wrote about Istanbul Airport’s impressive coronavirus testing, as the airport is offering testing with high capacity and fast results for ~$16. Well, Munich Airport has just introduced an even better coronavirus testing option.
Munich Airport now offers free coronavirus testing
Munich Airport is now offering free coronavirus testing to all arriving passengers who can present a same day boarding pass. The airport has set up tents in the Forum of Munich Airport Center, which is located landside between the two terminals.
There are a few things to be aware of:
- There’s no registration required, but rather you can just show up
- This is only for passengers not showing coronavirus symptoms (though hopefully you wouldn’t fly if you were showing symptoms)
- There’s no nationality requirement or anything, but rather you just have to present an inbound boarding pass
- Those who get tested will get results within 24 hours, and sometimes even faster than that
- Since this is in a public part of the airport, you’d only be able to get tested if you’re eligible to enter Germany (so those exclusively connecting wouldn’t be able to use this facility)
This is part of Bavaria’s effort to catch more cases from those who may be arriving from higher risk zones abroad.
Germany requires those arriving from international destinations that are deemed to be “high risk” to either quarantine for 14 days or get a coronavirus test (and stay quarantined until the results arrive), so this makes the process of getting tested much easier.
Given that there’s not much enforcement with the quarantine, it seems mutually beneficial for travelers to have easy access to free coronavirus tests.
It’s not yet known for how long Munich Airport will be offering this.
How this compares to other airport coronavirus testing
This is a significant improvement over the airport coronavirus testing capabilities we saw in Germany prior to this:
- Prior to this, Munich Airport offered testing in the airport medical center, but at the cost of 199EUR, which sure is steep
- Frankfurt Airport has been offering testing since late June, though at a cost — it costs 59EUR to get results within six to eight hours, and 139EUR to get results within three hours
Suffice to say that this is a significant improvement over both of those options.
Munich Airport is now offering free coronavirus testing to all arriving passengers. While German airports have been better than most when it comes to offering testing up until this point, this is really on a whole different level.
Being able to get free testing with quick results is awesome. Hopefully we see this on a more widespread basis, because this is really a key part of any sort of a recovery for the travel industry.